Track and Field

Kovacs shifts gears to produce world-leading shot mark in Eugene – IAAF Diamond League

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Joe Kovacs flipped the switch and the ball went flying. The IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 men’s shot put gold medallist uncorked a world-leading 22.13m on his final attempt to close out a dominant performance at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Friday (27).

After coming out with what he described as a cautious first attempt, the US putter held the lead throughout the competition and improved every round throughout a chilly evening at the Prefontaine Classic, becoming the first man over 22 metres this year.

“It’s the body waiting to have that little gear change. I didn’t do it in the first couple throws but I could feel the rhythm and excitement coming,” commented Kovacs.

Head-to-head contests give Eugene the flavour of a pre-Olympic appetiser

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Head-to-head encounters feature strongly on the fourth stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, giving the famed Prefontaine Classic meeting the look of an Olympic Games preview on Friday and Saturday (27-28).

At the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, Dafne Schippers and Elaine Thompson produced the fourth and seventh fastest 200m performances of all-time when they ran for gold and silver in the Chinese capital.

They will meet again on a fast track at Hayward Field and joining them in the 200m will be Tori Bowie, third at last year’s world championships 100m and the fastest woman in the world so far this year.

Outstanding High Performance Fields Announced for the 2016 Adrian Martinez Classic - "A Track Meet like No Other"

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For the third year in a row, the very elite of American distance runners are descending on Concord, Massachusetts for the Adrian Martinez Classic, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. High Performance races in the 800m, 5000m and Mile are part of a unique track event that also offers community mile races for all ages, as well as two races featuring local unified track athletes. The eighth edition of the Martinez Classic, scheduled for Thursday June 2nd at Emerson Field in Concord, will truly live up to its billing as a meet with races for all ages and abilities and, as the Boston Globe headlined in its 2015 report, "A track meet like no other."

The setting is certainly unusual for high performance athletes. The track at Emerson Field is nestled between a playground, a tree-lined drive, and little league fields. Spectators ring the track, crowding 3-deep along the fence. After winning last year’s 5000m, Abbey D’Agostino commented, “I love the energy, the community - to have everyone from 3-year-olds to my grandmother, who is 84. It’s real exciting to see that track can generate that kind of audience.” Jan Holmquist, who broke the world record for the mile in the 70+ age group at last year’s Martinez Classic, also noted then the different feel to the event. “It’s a community thing. It’s perfect there.”

Teferi floats to 5000m world lead in Herzogenaurach

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Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi cruised to a world-leading time of 14:46.61 when winning the 5000m at the Adidas Boost Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on Saturday (14).

The 21-year-old was a silver medallist over 5000m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and proved her Olympic preparations are well on track with a superb solo performance.

Teferi went through 1000m in a steady 2:59.81, then cranked through the gears to reach 2000m in 5:54.97.

She passed 3000m in 8:53.39, 4000m in 11:53.32, then summoned an impressive kick over the final lap to come home in 14:46.61 to easily surpass Sally Kipyego’s previous world lead of 14:58.60.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake proved his long journey back to the top is progressing well when taking the men’s 100m in 10.03 (1.1m/s). The 2011 world champion showed impressive power over the final 50 metres to move clear of compatriot Warren Weir, who finished second in 10.20.

Brooks the first Diamond Race discipline winner of 2016 – IAAF Diamond League

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Tia Brooks twice improved on her personal best to win the shot put at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha with 19.48m and become the first winner of a Diamond Race discipline in 2016 after she managed an upset victory on Friday (6).

Brooks got her first personal best when she reached 19.45m in the second round and extended that by three centimetres with her following effort.

Hungary’s world indoor silver medallist Anita Marton applied a little pressure on Brooks when she sent her implement out to 19.22m in the penultimate round but could not improve further with her last effort.